How Safe is the Food Served in our Schools?

We all want our children and grandchildren to be safe when they attend school.

But news headlines cause concern: “Workers blamed for food poisoning at Waipahu Elementary School”, “Questions Remain over Hollister High School Illness Outbreak”, “Food Poisoning Outbreak at Stanford — Norovirus Suspected”, ”Investigation Continues into what Sidelined 58 Teachers in Catered Luncheon.

For school administrators, teachers, parents and grandparents the headlines raise doubt.

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What is the frequency of these outbreaks?

In a 2016 CDC report there were nine outbreaks in 2014.

In the most recent CDC report August 2017 there were 16 food borne illness school outbreaks with 622 illnesses. While the reports are based on data that is two years old this is an increase from the previous year’s report.

What are deeper root causes?

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From the Server’s Eyes

By Guest Author Emily Stueven, Hostess, Server & Bartender.

Ordinarily when u walk into a restaurant your expectations are high. You expect to be greeted and seated within a reasonable amount of time while being surrounded with an atmosphere filled with comfort and excitement. When you’ve worked in the service industry, as I have for ten years, your expectations tend to be higher. Or are they?

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Wonder How Clean Those Stadium Kitchens Are?

Writers for ESPN reviewed the Public Health Department inspections of 107 major league stadiums within the United States. Their review underscores the deplorable state of filthiness that puts sports enthusiasts at risk for food borne illness.

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